Raleigh OKs contract for last link on Neuse River Greenway
Posted January 7, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Construction on the last segment of the Neuse River Greenway should begin soon after the Raleigh City Council approved a contract for it Tuesday.
Fred Smith Company II LLC will build the 0.81-mile Horseshoe Bend section of the greenway trail for $819,950. The segment will link the trail from the WRAL Soccer Center on Perry Creek Road to U.S. Highway 401 and will include a bridge over the Neuse River and a short boardwalk section.
Once the segment opens in August, the Neuse River Greenway will extend 27.5 miles, from Falls Lake Dam in north Raleigh southeast to the Johnston County line, making it the longest greenway in North Carolina and the longest paved trail between northern Virginia and western Georgia.
The approximately $32 million trail has been funded by parks and recreation bonds approved by Raleigh voters in 2003 and 2007, the federal government, Wake County Open Space funds and other local jurisdictions.
In other business, the City Council approved the sale of the southern part of the Charter Square site, adjacent to City Plaza downtown, to Dominion Realty for $6.3 million. The developer, which plans to build a 230,000-square-foot office building and related amenities, also acquired a two-year option to purchase the northern portion of the site.
The site had previously been held by Charter Square LLC, but the city bought it back in November when the firm was unable to meet a deadline to begin construction of a mixed-use, 11-story building.
The council also voted 7-1 to approve a $343,500 contract with a consultant team led by Sasaki Associates Inc. for work on Raleigh's Downtown Plan. The plan, which is expected to take nine months to complete, will create a 10-year vision that includes short-, mid-, and long-term improvements to downtown Raleigh.
Also, the council authorized city staff to negotiate a contract with Design Workshop to lead a study on how to make Six Forks Road more friendly for transit, pedestrians and bicyclists between Interstate 440 and Lynn Road.